Latest posts by Obelixx

Rhubarb regrets?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 17:03

Ants in numbers indicate the compost is too dry and they are nesting in it.  Their tunnel complexes will mean that you have plant roots hanging in thin air and your plants will start to suffer from lack of food and moisture.

Give the compost a really good soak, adding a small bottle of essential oil of cloves to every 5 litres of water and they will go away as they don't like the smell.

Consider re-potting the rhubarb or planting it out as it really does need loads more water than the rose and trachelospermum.

Johnsons Blue geranium

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 15:27

You can cut hardy geraniums right back to the ground after they've finished their flush of flowers.  If they have already started putting on fresh foliage you can just pull out the old stuff at the edges by hand.

Sprinkle on some fertiliser such as blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure and water well.  In about 3 weeks you'll have a complete new set of fresh foliage and, in most cases, some new flowers later on.

Clematis Wilt

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 10:14

My alba luxurians somethimes gets its stems chewed by slugs and that makes it wilt.  The other major cause of wilt for me is OH being happy with a hoe so I now plant clems with a terracotta pot with the base bashed out and inverted over the base of the plant for protection.    

Other than that, as Richard says, thirst will do it but not in my garden this week.  8 days of rain, rain, rain.

What a difference a day makes

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 10:12

Lovely pics.  I especially like that first rose (variety?) and I'm a sucker for nectaroscordums too.  Your mum's rose looks perfect too.


Posted: 06/06/2016 at 09:07

We had a spectacular storm last night.  It suddenly became very dark as we watched huge clouds sweeping towards us from the north east and then the lightening started, the thunder clapped and the heavens opened.    More expected this evening apparently and probably tomorrow..

Busy - hope today goes well for you and your friends and that the weather isn't too bad for the weekend for you and DD.

Linda - my BIL and SIL both have AF and it's kept under control with meds and changes to diet.  Their mother had it too so OH has been checked and is fine - but he's had a healthier diet and always been more active.  I hope all goes well for your OH.

I have a cake to bake this morning to take to English Conversation reunion with my scientists.  Rhubarb something since it's growing like triffids at the mo.

Minor disaster - I have mislaid the bag with all my patchwork homework - 4 table sets and 2 to finish, 11 completed blocks for a quilt and 2 pinned ready to sew, reverse applique project ready to stitch.   Chinese embroidered dragon with patchwork panel to make a wall hanging........  Off to turn the place inside out while the cake bakes.

Easter Cactus

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 20:20

Ours trails.  Bits fall off occasionally but it's never pruned.   I did pot it on a couple of years ago and I do feed it for a couple of months a year leading up to Xmas which is when ours flowers.

Sick Weeping Willow tree in pot

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 20:11

Do it a kindness and re-home it.

Ride on mower issues

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:23

We have ours serviced every winter - thorough clean, oil change, blades sharpened, battery checked and so on  - and yes, it does cost about €200 a time but that's mainly labour.   Worth it tho to have fuss free lawn mowing in the growing season.

what's this on my clematis leaves?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:19

It may be leaf spot which is a symptom of poor air circulation around the plant.   If it is, you need to remove the affected foliage and then give this plant and its neighbour a good dollop of slow release clematis food to help them fight off disease and be careful not to splash the remaining foliage when watering.

When you attach trellis to a support to train clematis and other climbing plants it is always a good idea to put battens on the wall, fence or shed and attach the trellis to that.  It lets a bit more air circulate behind the plant stems and leaves as they grow.  It looks as tho you've done that but maybe you could use thicker battens?

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 17:09

No gardening all week as it's been just too wet for 8 days solid.  Been a bit busy with other stuff as there's lots going on here.  

The sun has finally peaked feebly thru the haze this pm and I have potted up 3 lots of lilies bought at Chelsea last week - Hot Spot, Nepalense and Salmon Star.  All perfumed and designed to contrast with my luscious Firebolt lilies.

Now to cook dinner - roast chuck - and think about which bit of jungle to tackle first tomorrow - assuming it isn't raining again.

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